H.R.1 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. view all titles (38)

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  • Popular: Economic stimulus bill as .
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act as introduced.
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  • Official: Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Official: Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as introduced.
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  • Short: HITECH Act as introduced.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as passed house.
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  • Short: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as passed house.
  • Short: Health Insurance Assistance for the Unemployed Act of 2009 as passed house.
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  • Short: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009 as passed house.
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  • Short: Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Cap Executive Officer Pay Act of 2009 as passed senate.
  • Short: Employ American Workers Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Help Families Keep Their Homes Act of 2009 as passed senate.
  • Short: HITECH Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Jobs Accountability Act as passed senate.
  • Short: M-HITECH Act as passed senate.
  • Short: Medicare and Medicaid Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as passed senate.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as enacted.
  • Short: American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 as enacted.
  • Short: Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act as enacted.
  • Short: Employ American Workers Act as enacted.
  • Short: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as enacted.
  • Short: HITECH Act as enacted.
  • Short: Jobs Accountability Act as enacted.
  • Short: TAA Health Coverage Improvement Act of 2009 as enacted.
  • Short: Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 as enacted.
  • Popular: Economic stimulus bill.
  • Short: TAA Health Coverage Improvement Act of 2009 as passed senate.

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    pjlsummers 02/14/2009 12:46pm

    If only more people could see past parties and see what was best for the country. Why should we or our children pay for the rich to get richer while us in the middle class slip through all the cracks and are left to scrape tooth and nail just to survive.

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    YvonneMO 02/20/2009 1:52pm

    Please do CALL & ask your Congressman the percentages like I did,he said,"roughly 49.9% of constituents calling my office say no to this,and the other 50% say “hell,no,”.On the phone and in Person he also said, “there were FIVE THOUSAND that said NO and Five people said yes.”
    Don’t get me started on Nancy Pelosi, PLEASE!!!!!

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    Anonymous 01/29/2009 8:57am

    Sorry you missed the point of a united republican “no” vote. They too have folks back at home that will decide to keep or oust them next election. Even knowing that a “no” vote would be so unpopular, risking their next potential election – they voted “no” anyway.
    I am not convinced that creating more government is going to have the effect that most people are hoping for. Long after the U.S. recovers – we will still have all of the new government agencies and programs initiated under this legislation – and we will still have to pay for it – somehow. I am not a republican nor a democrat any longer. So to me simply because the “Republicans” vote no for something – does not mean they want our economy to fail. To me it is mostly about more or less government – I vote less!

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    Dave_A 01/30/2009 7:50pm

    I’m a registered Democrat, and feel this bill is nothing but spend, spend, spend! If you look at the vote, you could say mindless Democrats voted party line. My Rep ran his election on the assumption that he would STOP wasteful spending and pork spending in congress. Looking at his record, (just elected) he is following party line.

    If congress wanted to really get the economy going, all they would have to do is 1) develop a work program which would put people to work like it was done in the mid 70’s. Grants were given to city, state governments, and employers were given/reimbursed a percentage to put people to work. 2) The program was like the old 235 program for buying homes. As time went by, and the economy improved, the Government decreased there input. This placed the burden on employers, and anyone who utilized the program. On the 235 program the Government paid part of the mortgage until your wages went up. As you became more self supporting, your responsibility became higher in the form of you paying the loan yourself. I’ve known people who received over 50% assistance to pay there mortgage. This is what congress should be doing instead of bailing out wall street, and or any other business who miss managed the business. One newly weds I knew, paid $62 a month, and the Government paid the rest. The mortgage was in the $167 per month range.

    Your statement “You republicans are nothing but trouble” seems to show your intelligent’s! If you look, you will see things started to come apart in 2006. That is when the Democrats came into control. (The worst ever in the history in this country) (Approval at 13%)The Republicans tried to stave off many problems, but without any success! I didn’t like McCain, but at least he tried to do something about Fanny and Freddie. One of the major players causing the problems in the world today. (Once again, with the 235 program this would have NEVER happened). I believe Clinton was the President to require sub prime loans to people who could not afford them. (One of his first acts) So look at your government today, and tell me things will get better.(By the way, I predicted in early 2007 this would happen because business people were starting to see the writing on the wall. Even now, things have become much worse since Obama came into office. Stock market down more, people loosing more jobs, and (Obama) the government wanting to add tax, and debt!

    If you really want things to improve, write your congressmen, and representatives requesting them to pass the FAIRTAX ! THIS WILL BRING COMPANIES BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES! Which in turn will put every man and woman who wants to work! It will make the 90’s look like a third world country.

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    Anonymous 01/30/2009 8:03pm

    You’re a registered Democrat? Sound like a Republican to me. And when the Democrats took over that’s when there was actually opposition again instead of the Republican rule of six years. They did not do ENOUGH to stop their policies and that’s why they have a low approval rating. And you should look up the hisotry and myth of McCain and Republicans wanting to regulate Fannie or Freddie or anything. Just check out Youtube to see lots of video with McCain stating he was a de-regulator until he had to change that position in Sept. and the market collapse. And the fair tax should be called the unfair tax.

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    Anonymous 01/31/2009 4:01am
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs. Deregulation and oversight are two different things. Republicans strenuously pushed for more oversight into Fannie & Freddie but were blocked at every turn by Democrats. Plenty of blame to spread around. You’ll be shocked, and disgusted, by this video.

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    gkhirsch 02/04/2009 12:53pm

    Like your ideas, especially the Fair Tax. I can’t believe you’re a registered Democrat. Have you considered the Liberitarian Party? It seems to be more in line with your ideas.

  • detemad 01/28/2009 10:49am
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    We need to stop saying the taxpayer’s money. It isn’t. It is either the Chinese’s or as of late the Fed printing money to buy the Treasury notes. I guess Americans have become enamored with “spending via borrowing” to save the economy. Austerity should be dropped from the English language.

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    Anonymous 01/28/2009 4:16pm
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    which the taxpayers will have to pay back you retard!

  • liveride 01/28/2009 11:11am

    I prefer we Drop the Tax Cuts and finance the Spending with Taxes on Big Oil, Coal, and Tobacco industries which for decades have passed the cost of their products onto State’s Health and Environmental resources. The time to enact a Cap-n-Trade Tax on Large Scale polluters and an equitable tax on Tobacco for its health care costs is now.

    In the meantime, Renewable energy companies are lining up foreign contracts for years while we dabble about sending Billions to the Middle East and drag our feet on lining up the development of our clean natural resources.

    Investment in Renewable Energy Production and Investment Tax credits (PTC/ITC) and Education Programs provides our country with the Best Bang for the Buck towards meeting the goals of Widespread Employment, Freedom from Dependence on Foreign Energy and Protecting the Environment. Every dollar Invested in Renewable Energy Production Tax Credits has been proven to generate an additional $7~8 dollars of Private Investment. If used wisely, a $100 Billion annual investment can result in $700~$800 Billion annually of new Investment into our Economy, along with Millions of Jobs.

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    Anonymous 01/28/2009 12:44pm

    how is raising the cost of gas, electricity and heating oil going to help people? How is raising taxes on the poorest americans ,cigarette smokers, going to help anyone. Taxing smokers takes money from local business and gives it to the Feds.

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    Anonymous 02/01/2009 8:20pm
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    It raises health care costs! I hope legislation is passed to make smoking illegal. It’s more addictive than heroin and it kills innocent people through second, third hand smoke. Nasty horrible habit and health hazard.

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    Jan_T 02/02/2009 12:48pm

    Does that include keeping weed illegal? It is smoking, you know.

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 1:44pm

    Another follower of voodoo science.

    Where’s the factual evidence that second hand smoke harmed anyone?
    I bet you wear a tin foil hat when you use your cellphone too.

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    Anonymous 02/08/2009 11:05am

    I bet you have no respect for others and believe the world revolves around you if you don’t see a problem with blowing your smoke out so that others have to deal with it.

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    Anonymous 01/28/2009 12:49pm

    “Taxes on Big Oil, Coal, and Tobacco” disproportionately hurt the people in our society that are struggling the most while hardly effecting the rich.

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    Anonymous 02/01/2009 8:24pm

    Why are people spending $5 dollars a pack on cancer sticks (cigarettes) if they are stuggling? That’s insane.

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    Anonymous 02/02/2009 10:22pm

    Because they are to poor to pay for prescriptions such as retliln, zoloft, Lexapro, Prozac, Wellbutrin, Budeprion, Zyban, Paxil, Effexor, Celexa, Desyrel, Elavil, Cymbalta, Remeron, Pamelor, Tofranil or Xanax. or maye they would rather not take perscriptions. Or maybe they have an enlarged prostrate, MS, or early stage Alzheimer and their doctor told them to take up smoking, or maybe they are just addicted. The Government taking advantage of drug addicts to make money is shameful. I to wish they would just make smoking illegal rather then the taxing it because it is hurting poor people, taking food out of the mouths and clothes off the backs of poor children. It is mostly the poor that smoke and the government is taking advantage of them. Rich people can afford the prescription drugs that have the same effects that is why poor people smoke and rich people don’t.

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 5:03am

    So, your premise is that everyone needs some sort ‘drug’ to deal with life?! Amazing, but I suppose a predictable.

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 7:07pm

    “So, your premise is that everyone needs some sort ‘drug’ to deal with life?”
    no but to live in a society were one has no purpose and no control of their own life yes, people are living way they were never designed to live.

    In 2006 190 million Americans received prescriptions for antidepressants that does not include black market users or users of other types of prescription drugs like pain killers. Lots more people take them now. Don’t forget alcohol.
    As of 2007 45 million Americans smoked cigarettes.
    So I would say that yes most people in our society needs some sort of drug. When you look at the increasing number of obese people and how it has gone up in parallel to the increase in cigarette taxes it makes it very obvious that our society is hurting people and people need medicine of some sort to cope.

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    Anonymous 02/03/2009 7:14pm

    Population, 2006 estimate 299,398,484

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 2:07pm

    $5 a pack is only because of the “punishment” taxes on each pack.

    I don’t remember what the pack would cost without all those ridiculous punishment taxes but I’m betting it’s less than a $1 a pack.

    It’s still cheaper than a family going to the movies at $40-$50 a show.
    It’s like the last vice any of us poh folks has.

    Also, After all the billions of dollars collected in taxes & fines on smokes, where did that money go? It sure didn’t all go to medicine & hospitals. Everyone would be cured of every smoking related illness by now.

    It went everywhere the general fund in each state let it go.

    Don’t worry about smoking. It’s the very least of the country’s problems & no matter if everyone stopped, the money would still be absorbed into some other “pork” project.

    Get over your whiney reformed/non-smoker selves.

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    Anonymous 02/06/2009 4:54pm
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    You poor ignorant piece of Slobovian puke. Puff yourself to death you obnoxious cheap piece of pork. A show only costs $4 to $9.00 per person. The taxes collected on smokes goes for health care of idiots like you who have no idea of what you are doing to yourself and those around you. Take a gun and blow your brains out and save the rest of us who have to smell your stink and die from having to breath the air you destroy with tobacco smoke.

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    Anonymous 01/28/2009 1:31pm

    Don’t forget the big pharmaceutical companies, they still provide some manufacturing jobs in the US.

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    bravjim 01/29/2009 2:11pm

    Just how much money do you expect to get from tobacco, anyway? This bill has included in it money to help people quit and prevent more people from smoking. They already have Schip being funded by tobacco. So as they work to reduce the number of smokers in this country, they are going to seek to pay for their massive expenditures to the point where the industry fails altogether, leading to more unemployment. Great Idea.

    It’s also good to see that you are in favor of the skyrocketing expense of fuel, which is much of the reason for the decline in the economy along with foreclosures. There are already those out there who cannot afford to pay for their heating costs, so you want to raise it even higher?

    Then you go onto say that they should drop the tax cuts, the one thing that can have an immediate impact on reviving the economy, and use it to spend big, which will take 18 months to 2 years to become 75% effective. Try using some common sense and consider the consequences of your ideas before posting.

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    gkhirsch 02/04/2009 1:00pm

    Big Oil, coal and tobacco already pay some of the highest taxes of any industry. Has it ever occurred to you that is why it costs so much to fill up at the pump, heat your home or cook? And, have you considered how much it will cost the taxpayers in subsidies to support the alternative energy programs? They have not advanced enough to sustain without subsidies. What about nuclear energy? Europeans have been using it safely for decades. It is safe, effective and would satisfy more of our needs than windmill farms or solar panels.

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    Anonymous 02/04/2009 7:29pm

    Did you question the Exxon Mobile profits in fourth quarter 2008?

    While gas was so high, remember??, the company made multi billion profits. Why do all the conservative yaps come here. Go to the Free Republic. You had your chance for eight years. Eight years of hell. Bush destroyed everything he touched, and at the end of his term the economy was shattered by the greedy financial sector. Who knew, he said?

    This bill is only crap to the Reight Wingers. That’s it. Paul Krugman, a Nobel Laureate and Keynisan economics professor is stating that a stimulus must be done.

    THE INTEREST RATES ARE ZERO. PEOPLE ARE NOT SPENDING; THEY ARE TERRIFIED. THERE IS NOTHING AT ALL LEFT TO STIMULATE THIS ECONOMY.

    READ A BOOK, EDUCATE YOUR REDNECK SELVES.

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 12:54pm
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    Great idea lets send more businesses and jobs off-shore. Our coal can come from Argentina our cigarettes from Brazil and our oil from Russia and Saudi Arabia hey lets let the Arabs process it into gasoline for us too we don’t need those jobs.

  • Anonymous 01/28/2009 1:13pm
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    Until we liquidate our bad debt we will not fix this. There will come a point when other countries will not finance our spending. Then what. Obama,
    bush, congress, etc…… will simply not change until our dollar is worth a penny. Unless you find a way to tax animals or sunshine WE ARE OUT OF MONEY!


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